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App description: Poker Invaders is FREE for a LIMITED TIME only (normally 99c): Download it now! Simple controls but highly addictive. NO POKER EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. If you play this game you will love this game! Try it out while it's free.

You are a supercool farmer, loved by your herd. The skies are filled with UFOs from a cruel and distant poker-lovin galaxy. Protect your magnificent cows from alien abduction. Your weapon is your poker hands which you FLICK or DRAG up your device display to destroy the UFO invaders and keep your prize-winning cattle safe.

Integrated with OpenFeint and Game Center
Retina Display Support
12 leaderboards and 23 achievements
Lots of cow breeds to protect including Wagyu Cows, Cash Cows and Holy Cows
Many levels with spectacular farmyard settings
Fun catchphrases from illustrious poker champion Tony G
Gameplay peppered with wildcards / slow down snails / shiny bomb cards
Duck tapping for extra points!
Learn the poker hands helpful to learn to play games such as Texas Holdem

Show off your poker prowess to your friends using the comprehensive leaderboard facilities (check out the dedicated Poker Invaders leaderboard page at http://www.pokerinvaders.com/leaderboard/) and track your achievements with Game Center and/or OpenFeint.

Poker Invaders is accessible to all levels of player, but also provides a depth of gameplay that challenges your strategic thinking and quick reactions. Are you a fish, grinder, shark or high rolla?

We at Moon Shepherd express our deepest heartfelt gratitude and extend our very long, warm and fuzzy tentacles of kinship to all you beautiful Poker Invaders fans.

If you like Poker Invaders, please rate it 5-stars in iTunes every time an update comes out! The more 5-star iTunes ratings and reviews you give us, the more fantastic updates will be coming at you.

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Moon Shepherd's comments:
POKER INVADERS has arrived!

Moon Shepherd's first game for iPhone / iPod touch has just now landed and is available on the App Store now.

What a splendid age we live in when this much fun can be bought for a piddly 99c (US)!!

Check out some gameplay footage of level 2 of the game:

Here's our promo trailer:

Imagine the love child of Space Invaders, Tetris & poker and you're on the right track...

You are a supercool farmer, loved by your herd. The skies are filling with UFOs from a cruel and distant poker-lovin' galaxy. Then the first abduction... To defeat these poker-crazy aliens and protect your glorious cows, your only weapon is the strength of your poker hands. Flick or drag your cards up in strong combinations beating the aliens poker hands to explode the UFOs and defend your prize-winning cattle.

  • No prior poker experience necessary!
  • Fun and challenging for poker players from amateur to pro
  • Integrated with OpenFeint and Game Center
  • Retina Display Support
  • Lots of breeds of cow to protect including Wagu Cows, Cash Cows and Holy Cows!
  • Many levels with spectacular farmyard settings
  • Catchphrases from illustrious poker champion Tony G to keep you motivated during combat
  • Gameplay peppered with wildcards / slow down snails / shiny bomb cards
  • Duck tapping for extra points!!
  • Learn the poker hands helpful to play games like Texas Holdem

Poker Invaders is accessible to all levels of player, but also provides a depth of gameplay that challenges your strategic thinking and quick reactions.

Show off your poker prowess to your friends using the community leaderboard facilities. Are you a fish, grinder, shark or high rolla?

Hope you enjoy playing it and let us know what you think...

Your awesome comments that make it into our hall of fame will be immortalized by our website's famous 'Moon quotes': www.pokerinvaders.com

Moon Shepherd ^_^
03-01-2011, 01:40 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 484
Any one have a chance to try this out? Looking for impressions...really want to get this.

03-01-2011, 03:13 PM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Posts: 548
Picked it up and I'm really enjoying it. There are a lot of games of this type -- grab cards and create the best poker hands you can, but I really enjoyed the theme to this one.

You have to create the hands that will beat the hands shown on the invading saucers. Do that and they blow up. For some odd reason this little addition to the genre has made it much more enjoyable to me than the other games of this sort (and I've played a lot of them).

The graphics are great and it's easy to tell what suit you're working with (a sin in many games - including the much loved Sword & Poker). Control is easy as you just drag your cards to the ship you want. The hands on the UFO's get harder as the game progresses so it really becomes frantic when you've got something like a Full House coming your way and you're trying to stop it from getting to your cows.

And check out the videos they've put together. They'll show you how to play the game, and they're fun as well.

I'm still working on the little nuances with the game and will report back after I've gone more than a few rounds, but I have to say that if you like this type of game it's certainly worth your buck. A real surprise today.

Agent of TOFTT
Gamecenter Tag: QuickWit5
03-01-2011, 03:47 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 484
I've played a couple rounds and really like the game play - is there any more to it then just playing faster and faster hands? Seems like that might get old after awhile. Sword and Poker is nice because it mixes that concept with an RPG aspect. I'm liking it so far but not sure how much more there is.
03-01-2011, 05:02 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 957
its a fun game - I was a beta tester, so when I saw it available I had to try the release version. lots of fun
03-01-2011, 07:07 PM
This looks pretty exciting from the video. I'll check it out tomorrow morning
03-01-2011, 10:37 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 18
Tips to make gameplay more challenging

Hiya Dalbertson,

Glad you are enjoying Poker Invaders so far. If you check out the How to Play page on our website, there are some cool tips to make gameplay more challenging and really boost your score. Like you can aim to get a special combo in the first level for example and this will make gameplay considerably more difficult as the levels progress (and you get 20,000 bonus points). We want to see someone knock rkuok off the top spot (even just for a day!) on the leaderboard!! He's been there for a while . So maybe it will be you?

There are also lots of other ways to improve your score you'll read about there.


Moon Shepherd
03-01-2011, 10:39 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 18
Thanks so much for your comments guys - awesome to hear what you are thinking... keep them coming
03-02-2011, 03:25 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 6,900
Looks awesome. Hopefully Toucharcade features it.
03-03-2011, 04:16 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Posts: 11,994
Game Impressions

Here is a re-post of my beta preview which I'd imagine is probably still pretty relevant:

Originally Posted by My Earlier Review
Having been given the okay to spew, I shall give out the basics of gameplay!

At any given point you'll have some 7 cards (not sure on the exact number of available cards to choose from) you'll be building hands on the endless line of UFOs coming down to snag your cows! To defeat these evil invaders you'll need to place five cards on a UFO that represent a better hand than the one the UFO is showing. Early on this is pretty easy as the baddies are coming down pretty slowly and tend to have complete garbage hands with an occasional pair...but as you proceed to later levels the UFOs get consistently better hands (while not sure HOW the UFO hands are created, it would appear that as the game goes on they're picking the best possible hands out of many cards while initially they're clearly lame 5 card stud hands).

At any given point you could have as many as three UFOs on screen at the same time descending in a single column, and, if feeling bold, can build hands on other than the current front ship. You can even move already placed cards from one ship to another but once there are 5 of your cards are in place they're locked in and if for some reason you didn't post a higher ranking hand, you're going to be soon losing a cow once it lands.

To twist stuff up sometimes the ships will come at you with some cards already locked in place you'll need to work a hand around. These pre-loaded cards can't be moved to other ships. Also worth noting that while you'll always have a full hand of 7 constantly replaced cards to choose from to make your hands, once a card has been taken from your hand to place, there is no putting it back in your hand.

To complete a level you'll need to defeat a certain number of ships before all of your cows are stolen away. Defeat all of them and you and your remaining cows will be whisked off to a new area as well as getting a quick little 5 level ranking of your poker prowess (I rarely seem to rank above the bottom level 'Fish'...but occasionally I gain a second tier 'Grinder'). This ranking is based on your points on the level with better hands being worth a lot more than a piddly high card hand and all of the clever bonuses you score (which I will leave you to discover).

Lastly, the game will once in a rare while give you a power-up as opposed to a card (perhaps based on how high a ranking hand you just created) that can do stuff like just blow up a targeted ship (without the need to make a hand when you know you don't have the needed cards to beat that UFO) or slow the invasion down for a bit.

All of this in a cool 50's sci-fi stylized art!

So There!

I hope to give the release version a spin soon and will post about any changes or newer impressions once I've had some time with it.

Poker doesn't get any more high stakes when it is the only means to save your cows from space invaders!

Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan, Game Consultant
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